Super8 film stock

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athodgson
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I've rescently dug out my dads old super8 camera, does anyone know anywhere I can get film stock from other than eBay? Are there any other super8 fanatics about on here?

tom hardwick
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Loads of us Super-eighters out here, though most of my involvement is transferring it to DVD these days. widescreen-centre.co.uk sells tons of Super-8 - maybe as much as 6 different emulsions these days. You can't get pre-striped Kodachrome 40 any more, but then people who use it are after the genuine film look, and aren't out to record sound to film.

What camera is it you've got hold of? I might be able to tell you whether it's worth spending £15 for 3 minutes 20 seconds of footage. Have you found a projector up in the loft as well?

tom.

athodgson
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Hi Tom,

Thanks for your reply!

The camera is a Bell & Howell Moviestar Z, surprisingly good nick to say its from 1976!

No projector unfortunately, but I'm on the look out for one now! Can I see any examples of your super8 work anywhere?

tom hardwick
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Bun and Hovel, er? Ok. Sideways look, eyebrows raised.
I have lots of my Super-8 films on DVD, but that's probably not what you mean. I gave a tom-show to a south London video club last Thursday and showed lots there, to ear-deafening applause. Maybe.

Peter Tomkies
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Tom I have read glowing reports of your transfer to video service on many occasions - do you only transfer your own footage or do you do it as a business? I have tried several different companies and been disappointed each time. Super 8 has an enormous amount of detail hidden away in its and transfers so often turn in into a blurry mush!

If you do do transfers for the general public at large do you have a web site or rate acrd you could point me towards?

Thanks for your help.

ClaireTall
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Hi Peter, have you tried our service, you are most welcome to a demo disc. Not that I would want to push in Tom's business to which we send many of our student customers for their Super 8 film.

What I do find strange is that the fussier a person is or the more questions they ask the worse their film usually is, I wonder if Tom finds the same. It's all in the lens and the storage.

I still have my Sankyo EM30 camera from teenage years perhaps I should give it a go again.

Studio with green screen for hire near Gatwick Airport.
Kit hire facilities on site.
excelsiorstudios.co.uk

tom hardwick
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Peter - you've got a private message.

I do a fair bit of film to video transfer work (mainly to DVD these days) and as you say, Super-8 is a wonderful storage medium - especially so if it is Kodachrome 40 sound film.

Claire, have to dissagree with you on the quality front. I've had some quite beautiful Super-8 films in from clients and usually the only problem is that it needs carefully cleaning. At the other end of the spectrum I meet film with inches of perforations missing and spliced together with what looks like masking tape.

tom.